‘Crazy’ Prologue

During my first manic episode, in 2017, I became obsessed with garbage. I saw beauty and purpose where no one else did. This picture shows the start of the compost pile I would later use to create a garbage dinner for my family, shortly before I was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar 1. I wroteContinue reading “‘Crazy’ Prologue”

Crazy Memoir Playlist

These are the songs that made me feel something during my roller coaster of mania and depression, throughout the three year time period of my book. Click the Play button to listen on Spotify or scroll below for my songlist. Lose Yourself – Eminem Closer – Nine Inch Nails Crazy Train – Ozzy Osbourne LithiumContinue reading “Crazy Memoir Playlist”

Corporate Talks

Bell Let’s Talk Day: Aecon’s Mental Health Committee invited me to discuss mental health, my personal experience living with bipolar disorder, and what we can do to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness. Scroll through my slides below. Contact me if you’d like my personal anecdotes and explanations, or to schedule an event. “Thank youContinue reading “Corporate Talks”

Eat, Pray, Love, Nurse, Betray

This non-fiction excerpt was cut from my book, but it stayed on my mind. I’m sharing it, like most of my memoir, as per Virginia Woolf “In expressing it I explained it and then laid it to rest.” To learn more about my memoir, visit charisejewell.com/crazy. Most of the staff are strangers. Nurses, guards, doctors,Continue reading “Eat, Pray, Love, Nurse, Betray”

Book Club Questions

Thank you for choosing Crazy for your book club! If you would like me to virtually attend, contact me with the details. I would love to be there. Here are some questions to consider for your book club discussion. Click the ‘Download’ button at the bottom of the list for a pdf version. 1. WhatContinue reading “Book Club Questions”

Reducing stigma

I was recently asked the excellent question: what can I do to help you feel less stigma? I replied with the first thing that came to mind, but the question stayed with me. It deserved more than an off-the-cuff answer. It deserved reflection. After my standard thoughtfulness, this is what I came up with. First,Continue reading “Reducing stigma”

Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad

When Charise Jewell decided to leave her career as a robotics engineer to pursue writing fiction, the 40-year old mother of three had no idea that she was embarking on a real life story beyond her wildest imagination. Without warning, and while preparing to celebrate Mother’s Day 2017, she rapidly descended into a severe mania,Continue reading “Crazy: Memoir of a Mom Gone Mad”

Mania Explained

              Most people I know have never experienced a manic episode. They are curious but respectful, so don’t ask for details about mine. They don’t want to upset me by dredging up painful memories. I appreciate their respect and concern, but I think that talking about hard things makes us stronger.               My first mania,Continue reading “Mania Explained”